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Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays

The holiday lights of Rittenhouse Square Credit: J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. The Christmas Tree itself is more than 30 feet tall.

Once Santa flips the switch, Rittenhouse Square will be illuminated by 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes. These holiday lights will join Philadelphia’s largest Christmas Tree — located in the center of the Square — to make Rittenhouse Square one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.

Holidays on the Square

Start the day shopping along Rittenhouse Row. Then make your way to Rittenhouse Square at dusk, where carolers and hot chocolate will have you toasting season.

Afterwards, eat, drink and be merry — and take advantage of happy hour and the fine dining options offered at Rittenhouse Square’s restaurants, lounges and bars.

More Holiday Events and Activities

Looking for even more fun this holiday season? Check out our Guide to the Holidays in Philadelphia for special events, annual traditions and holiday shopping ideas. Take advantage of all the holiday fun the city has to offer with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night stay with FREE hotel parking.

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